Edinburgh Wanderers

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Edinburgh Wanderers
Full name Edinburgh Wanderers Football Club
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Founded 1868
Disbanded 1997
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s) Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh Wanderers was a nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Edinburgh-based rugby union club.


The rugby club was formed in 1868.[1] The club was initially known as St. Andrew's Wanderers, as it was formed by St. Andrew's University graduates based in Edinburgh.[2]

Early history[edit]

The club quickly became known as Edinburgh Wanderers - and the side established itself as one of the best in Scotland. In the world's first provincial match - between Glasgow District and Edinburgh District - in 1872, the side was already known as Edinburgh Wanderers and provided 3 players to the first Edinburgh District side:- A. Ross; J. Forsyth and A. R. Stewart [3]

The club would have been the ninth founding club of the Scottish Rugby Union had the club secretary made it to the inauguration meeting of the union in 1872.[1]

Instead it initially joined the English Rugby Union in that same year.[1] However a year later as the Scottish Rugby Union grew, the Wanderers resigned from the English union to join the SRU.[1]

The Wanderers team of 1876-77 in noted as one of the best in its history.[4]


The club merged with Murrayfield RFC in 1997 to form Murrayfield Wanderers.


  • Scottish Division 2 winners: 1990.
  • Scottish Division 3 winners: 1984.
  • Melrose Sevens winners: 1973

Notable former players[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented the British and Irish Lions.

Scotland internationalists[edit]

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented Scotland at full international level.

Notable non-Scottish players[edit]

The following is a list of notable non-Scottish international representative former Edinburgh Wanderers players:

Edinburgh District players[edit]

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented Edinburgh District at provincial level.

Professional players[edit]

Professionalism began in rugby union in 1995 - and in Scotland it came a year later in 1996. Edinburgh Wanderers ended with its merger with Murrayfield Rugby Football Club in 1997. These players went on from the Wanderers to professional teams:

Notable also outside of rugby[edit]

The following is a list of notable former Edinburgh Wanderers players who have achieved notability in fields outwith rugby: